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Greek oudist, pianist and composer Alekos Vretos has been merging jazz, Arabic, Greek and Latin music in a masterful blend of sounds from traditional instruments, such as the oud or the nay, vs. the modern ones. As a bandleader, Alekos has developed a unique atmosphere for his music: keeping traditional sound in the front line, he expands it through jazz improvisation and exploding rhythmic development. “Mergin’”, his first personal album released in 2009 – following ‘Yunan’ with The Meliti Ensemble in 2004 – was welcomed by audience and critics. A bold and tasteful blend of Jazz and Arabic improvisation, “Mergin’” takes oud playing to uncharted territories. A heavy jazz taste and a fine traditional Arabic scent emerges from the stimulating matching with musicians such as Bassam Saba and Takis Paterelis on this live – like recorded album. “Mergin’” was launched by Jadeo Music, an indie record and management company Alekos founded in Athens, featuring world, jazz and classical music and fellow artists. He was included in 2013 list of the 100+1 most influential people in the Greek music scene. Some of the venues that Alekos has performed in - with great reviews on his playing and composing - are: The Herodion (GR), The Athens Concert Hall (GR), the Berklee Performance Center (USA), Mount Holyoke College (USA), the Tombs of Kings in Palestine, The Argos Ancient Theatre (GR), The Half Note Jazz Club (GR), The Vortex Jazz Club (UK), The 1er Piso Jazz Club (MEX), 2nd Athens World Jazz Music Festival (GR), 1st Medieval Byzantine Festival Of Kastoria (GR). He has collaborated with legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis, as well as Gilad Atzmon, Simon Shaheen, Haig Yazdjian, Theodore Antoniou, The Greek Contemporary Ensemble, The Kamerata (The Orchestra of the Friends of Music), the Jazz Upstairs Big Band, Yorgos Fakanas, Dimitris Maragopoulos, The Athens State Orchestra, Lakis Chalkias, Kostas Thomaidis and Takis Paterelis to name a few.
Our Mission Jadeo Music is an independent music company that aims to enhance the beauty of the music scene of the world. It is a small company by musicians for musicians. Beeing musicians ourselves, we took the initiative to find a company so we could help our friends and other musicians that are worth mentioning to the world. The idea of three different labels was established in order to separate the genres, that we work into as musicians ourselves, in order to deal with them as focused as we can. Music we like and musicians that worth it and never got in the game because they were busy studying or weren't "industry" material, is what we are after. There is so much good music out there and so many good musicians that it is absolutely sure that we are going to deliver to people, who actually listen to music, the best of what there is out there. What we do We do management, publishing, licensing, advisory services for musicians, we will even play with you if that helps, and many more as long as we like it and it's worth the trouble in order to create good music. You can select the services you require. You don't have to get the 360º (that's all included). If you already have a record deal, that's fine! You can choose to use our management services only. If you are starting a band, you can ask for our advisory services. Don't sweat it! What ever you feel comfortable with. You can check out our services here. We also do production. Hence our two record labels: Jadeo Music Records® is the World and Jazz label managed by Alekos.